Understanding Annulments – May 3, 2024

Father Ramil Fajardo joined Patrick for a conversation about declarations of nullity. Topics included: the Catholic view of marriage (3:50), declarations of nullity (8:53), caller: we had a child before marriage; is that grounds for an annulment? (17:22), caller: I had an annulment (23:49), the role of God in the process (29:24), caller: I am getting an annulment so I can get to heaven (30:58), caller: my ex isn’t Catholic anymore, is that make the marriage invalid? (35:15), caller: should my friend dating while she is pursuing an annulment? (38:55), caller: do you need divorce before an annulment? (45:04), and caller: I’m not going to get remarried, do I need an annulment? (49:00). 

Patrick Conley was born, raised, and baptized in Wisconsin in a Protestant tradition. After meeting his wife, Kendra, through an Evangelical ministry at the University of Minnesota, they entered the Catholic Church in 2010. They listened to Relevant Radio, specifically The Inner Life, while preparing to enter the Church. Conley now holds a degree in theology from Oxford University and has served the Church in both academic theology and grassroots pastoral ministry. Conley teaches religion classes in a Catholic elementary school, serves as his parish Director of Religious Education, and is in formation for the permanent diaconate. He also hosts Practicing Catholic on Relevant Radio, exclusive to the Minneapolis area’s airwaves, and is a traveling presenter for the Catherine of Siena Institute apostolate. He lives in rural Wisconsin with his wife and their bulldogs, Georgie and Bingley.